I love this particular TED talk by Andrew Stanton. In it he shares the words of British playwright William Archer, as they so neatly sum up what story is all about:
For a story to be successful, it needs to be more than what happens next in the short-term - it needs to grip the reader and keep them turning the pages because they are invested in finding out what happens in the long-term. And, most important of all - is the conflict real and escalating?
Andrew uses clips from a number of screenplays he's written including "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo," to help illustrate his points. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a 20-minute TED Talk.
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